Valley Pathways School Design Recognized for Excellence
Innovative Educational Program Shapes a Dynamic New Building in Palmer, Alaska
The Mat-Su Borough's new Valley Pathways School, designed by McCool Carlson Green, was recently honored by the Alaska Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) with the Len Mackler Award for design excellence. The prestigious award is a testament to the success of the facility in reflecting and supporting Valley Pathways' mission to ensure the success of every student.
Through a collaborative process between McCool Carlson Green and the school's students and staff, the motto "Choose, Commit, Achieve." was developed to represent the unique program and philosophy of Valley Pathways. The school was designed to support the program's flexibility in scheduling, course selection, and program space. Inside the school, clerestory windows bring sunlight into core lab spaces, and interior windows in all learning spaces provide a sense of community and connectedness. Bright materials and finishes make the most of Alaska's precious winter sun, reflecting in every corner of the school.
McCool Carlson Green (www.mcgalaska.com) is an Alaskan-owned firm providing planning and design services in Alaska and beyond for more than 40 years. The firm focus is the design of high-quality civic, public, military, educational, and healthcare facilities that flourish in complex Alaskan environments and reflect the unique spirit of our state. MCG has accomplished some of Alaska's largest and most significant projects, including the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport C Terminal Expansion; the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage; and the new Alaska Airlines Center at University of Alaska Anchorage. Numerous MCG projects have been recognized with state, national, and/or international design awards, often noted for their thoughtful design and community engagement.